Faculty & Staff Newsletter
November 21, 2018
Dean's Message
(left) Vice Provost and UAA Dean Jeff Jessee

Harvard positive psychologists and other researchers suggest that gratitude is good for you. There are many working theories about why a grateful person feels both psychologically and physically healthier. One argument is that gratitude helps people reflect on, and appreciate their positive experiences.

In our fast moving world, making time to contemplate the past can be difficult, and many of us find ourselves moving from one goal to the next without pausing to look back at how far we've come. However, it is so important to stop, take stock, and say thanks to those individuals that positively impact our lives and communities.

Before we leave on our long weekend, I ask you to consider the progress we've made as a College and a University in the last year. We are developing new programs and finding ways to better guide and engage our students on their path to graduation, and we are reinvesting in our people and infrastructure to meet Alaska's healthcare needs.

We've accomplished many of our goals, and we are setting the College of Health up for growth and continued success.

We are fortunate to do meaningful work every day. We are lucky to help shape the future of our fantastic state by educating its healthcare workforce.

Thank you for all of your hard work! Enjoy a well-deserved break, and I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday!
The Alaska Training Cooperative Named Mental Health First Aid Champion
The University of Alaska’s Center for Human Development- Alaska Training Cooperative (UAA CHD-ATC) was recognized for teaching twenty-four (24) Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses between June and September 2018 by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The National Council celebrates organizations that taught five or more Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses during that time period.

“The organizations supporting Mental Health First Aid want all Americans to know how to identify and respond to someone who needs help,” said Linda Rosenberg, President/CEO of the National Council. “They play a critical role, giving MHFA instructors the opportunity to educate their communities, and that value can’t be understated.”

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Just as CPR helps people without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. The course teaches participants a five-step action plan to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health or substance use problems to offer support and help to the individual affected. The program has become a movement over the past decade, with more than one million people now certified.

“Mental Health First Aid is essential training for anyone working in Alaska, and the program is instrumental in raising awareness and promoting compassion and understanding in communities throughout the state,” said Jill Ramsey of UAA CHD-ATC.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training in Alaska, visit www.akltclms.org or contact Jill Ramsey at (907) 264-6228. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.
Maple Springs Breaks Ground in Palmer
(l to r) UAA College of Health Development Officer Greg Gallagher, Dean Jessee, Interim Director of the School of Allied Health LeeAnne Carrothers, Maple Springs Executive Director Nathan Dahl, UAA/ISU Assistant Dean of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program Tom Wadsworth, and Director of the UAA School of Nursing Marianne Murray at the November 2018 groundbreaking of Maple Springs Palmer location.
Congratulations to our friends at Maple Springs Senior Living in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on their Palmer facility groundbreaking!

Maple Springs Senior Living will open two new Senior Living communities in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Both buildings will have 60 apartments dedicated to providing Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care and are strategically placed close to home and medical services. The two buildings will offer assisted living and memory care apartments in separate parts of the community.

Maple Springs will provide state of the art rehabilitation equipment and service including a physical therapy rehabilitation gym, and an occupational therapy section that offers a residential kitchen complete with common household appliances.

They have also designed a small 10-bed Hospice House inside the Wasilla building and will dedicate a pod in that building to care for residents with ventilator and tracheostomy needs. Read more about their plans on their website .
College of Health in the News
UAA Associate Professor of Public Health Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Synder and Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Dr. Micah Hahn were on KTVA 11 News Daybreak on November 8, 2018, to discuss a new urban farm project with The Alaska Food Policy Council. For ways to get involved, check out the video!
(l to r) Host and Senior Judge Elaine Andrews, Dr. Ingrid Johnson, host Kathleen McCoy, and Dr. Brad Johnson in the KSKA studio.
Drs. Brad Myrstol and Ingrid Johnson recently appeared on Justice, Alaska on Hometown, Alaska from Alaska Public Media. The duo discussed current research projects underway at the Justice Center and the impact their work has on public policy in Alaska. The full show can be found on the Hometown, Alaska site.
Line One Host Dr. Jay Butler and Student Nurses Association President Rachel Tompson get ready for the show.
School of Nursing Director Dr. Marianne Murray, Student Nurses Association President Rachel Thomson, and the Alaska Department of Labor's Dan Robinson discussed the Millennial healthcare workforce and how Millennials are changing processes and policy in the 49th State on Line One: Your Health Connection.
New Prescription for Student Success

It’s been a busy semester as we discuss and re-imagine the College of Health's advising structure to ensure Student Success.

The Dean’s office has been engaging faculty and staff in discussions about how to refine our processes in a way that allows to us to better serve our students and track their progress to the successful completion of their educational goals.

Our shared vision is to develop a comprehensive model that provides consistent advising across the College for all students. We share this vision with our friends at UAA’s new First Year Advising program and are finding synergies and new ways to collaborate and cooperate as we welcome new students to the University.

As part of that effort, the University recently rolled out the Seawolf Tracks (“EAB”) advising tool for faculty and staff advisors. To learn more about Seawolf Tracks, or for training opportunities contact Kendra Sticka, kdsticka@alaska.edu; 786-4935

Academic Pathways

The College of Health is working with Vice Provost for Student Success Claudia Lampman to develop core academic pathways for students entering health programs. The pathways provide an overview snapshot for students as they evaluate and select courses that are likely to apply to multiple health-related programs while exploring major options. First-year advisors will use the pathways to guide students to select the major they want to pursue. Pathways are currently being finalized with the goal of using them in Spring 2019 for Fall 2019 registration.

Health First-Year Course

HLTH A151: Breaking Trail on Your Health and Human Services Career is moving through the curriculum process. The course was developed collaboratively with faculty and advisors from multiple programs across the College to introduce students to interprofessional and multi-sectorial teams. The class will use the social determinants of health model as a framework for understanding population health outcomes and exploring health-related careers and is designed to be part of the Health Professions pathway and as an introductory course for any health program.

For comments or questions regarding College of Health Student Success and Advising, please contact kdsticka@alaska.edu; 786-4935
Albertsons Companies Starts Annual Scholarship Program for Doctor of Pharmacy Students
Assistant Dean Tom Wadsworth received a check for the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy program from Timothy Maynard and Annie Stout of Pharmacy Recruiting and College Relations, Albertsons Companies
Representatives from Albertsons Companies, parent company to Carrs-Safeway, presented a $2,000 student scholarship check during the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy Program’s annual Pharmacy Exhibition and Recruitment fair this Fall.

Timothy Maynard, director of Albertsons Companies Pharmacy Recruitment and College Relations program, expressed excitement for Alaska’s pharmacy program, referencing the ongoing challenges they face filling pharmacist positions across the state and the high turnover rates for pharmacists hired from Outside.

Alberstons Companies pledged to renew the scholarship annually, and are exploring additional ways they will support the Doctor or Pharmacy Program in the future.
HUMS Receives 5-year Re-Accreditation

The Department of Human Services has received its five-year re-accreditation for the BHS and AAS degrees through Oct. 2023.

The accreditation is granted through a rigorous review by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).

Recent Faculty Presentations

Dr. Jo Ann Bartley and Professor Lynn Paterna presented on Opioid Addiction from a Human Service Perspective at the National Organization for Human Services Annual Conference in Oct. 2018 in Philadelphia. PA.

Dr. Yvonne Chase and Professor Amber Fullmer presented at the Social Work, Education & Social Development Conference in Dublin, Ireland, July 2018. Dr. Chase’s presentation was titled Client Engagement: The Impact of Culture, Age and Historical Trauma on Vulnerable Populations. Professor Fullmer’s presentation was titled Culturally-Competent Response to Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence. Professor Fullmer also presented this topic at the 4th Annual Law Enforcement & Public Health Conference in Oct. 2018 in Toronto.

The Opioid Crisis: The Path to Addiction & the Climb to Recovery

This semester in the Human Services Department, Dr. Jo Ann Bartley, and Dr. Paula Colescott, a local physician specializing in Internal and Addiction Medicine, were able to facilitate a course for 23 students interested in substance abuse and prevention along with medical and mental health licensed providers from the community.

Portions of the course, THE OPIOID CRISIS:  THE PATH TO ADDICTION & THE CLIMB TO RECOVERY, are also available for CMEs and CEUs for providers in the community. Each week a different physician presented on specific aspects of treatment and recovery. The idea was born out of bringing individuals currently in the field into learn with students, ideally forming possible mentorships, practicum placement contacts and more information about the field. Each CEU/CME session has been well attended and student response has been extremely positive.

Justice Center's Lee receives the Gene Carte Award
Congratulations to the Alaska Justice Center's Dr. Yeungjeom Lee ( pictured right).

Dr. Lee was the co-author on the award-winning paper "Revisiting the Overlap Between Delinquency and Peer Delinquency Through a Life-Course Perspective" written with Jihoon Kim of Arkansas State University.

The paper recently won the Gene Carte Award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
CHD's Notable Professional Fellows Program connects Alaska to Uganda
UAA's Center for Human Development (CHD) hosted Ugandan Fellow Jeremiah Lwebug as he explored research and best-practices in self-employment and micro-enterprise for people with disabilities. The fellowship was sponsored by the U.S. State Department and connects employment advocates from East Africa to U.S. universities.

Lwebug spent more than a month at CHD working with researchers and discovering Alaska. During his time in the 49th State, he was even able to experience snow for the very first time.

The State Department recognized CHD as a Notable Professional Fellows Program Host Site at the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington D.C. on November 16, 2018. Congratulations CHD on this well-deserved recognition!
Britteny M. Howell, Ph.D., CPG
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Meyer, Ph.D., MPH, CPH, RN
Assistant Professor
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